September is Healthy Aging Month!

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Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.  The mission of Healthy Aging Month is to encourage local level events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health – physically, socially, mentally or financially.

Watch for our upcoming blog on tips to staying healthy as we age!

 

Tips for Healthy Aging

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While our genes may influence our lives in various ways, it’s also true that certain lifestyle choices we make can also impact our genes and quality of life.  Research has shown that there are some habits we can adopt to slow the aging process, such as:

Eat fruits and veggies:  Consuming plenty of veggies and fruits may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.  One caveat here would be that if you already are experiencing blood sugar problems, limit your fruit intake and focus more on low starch veggie consumption (like broccoli, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, etc.).  Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.  Choose whole fruits and veggies in a variety of colors to get the […]

How to Incorporate More Fruits and Veggies into Your Diet

Once again, it’s “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month”!  Diets high in fruits and vegetables are widely recommended for their health-promoting properties. Fruits and vegetables have historically held a place in dietary guidance because of their concentrations of vitamins, especially vitamins C and A; minerals, especially electrolytes; and more recently phytochemicals, especially antioxidants. Additionally, fruits and vegetables are recommended as a source of dietary fiber.

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Here are some ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet:

  • Make a breakfast smoothie with your favorite nut milk (almond, coconut, cashew, etc.), and handful of spinach and some frozen strawberries.
  • Make a veggie wrap with roasted veggies and a whole grain or gluten-free tortilla.
  • Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite healthy salad dressing for dipping.
  • Grill multi-colored vegetable […]

September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month!

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“Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” is a movement to encourage your focus on consuming more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.  Eating plenty of fruits and veggies helps reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.  Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.

Unfortunately,  more than 90 percent of children and adults fall short of eating the recommended amount of fruits and veggies each day.  We say, add one more, try something new.  Teach your kids.  Try a new recipe.  Start today!  Stay tuned for some helpful tips on how to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your daily diet.

Photo source:

www.healthgiveslife.com

Healthy Back to School Snack – Coconut & Apricot Oat Balls

 Coconut & Apricot Oat Balls

September is back-to-school month! During this time of the year, things can get pretty hectic. Try one of our favorite after school snack ideas.  Great for grown-ups, too!

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(serves 12)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (use gluten-free oats as required)
  • ½ cup dried apricot
  • ½ cup grated dry unsweetened coconut
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (or agave syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a food processor, add the oats, and pulse for 20 seconds in order to break the oats down slightly.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until fully combined.
  • Roll into 12 balls and refrigerate for 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

Source:

http://vegangela.com/2011/10/06/almost-raw-coconut-apricot-oat-balls/

 

Tips to Avoid the Dreaded “Freshman 15”

Whether it’s the all-you-can-eat buffets and unlimited access to unhealthy snacks or the simple fact that weight gain can often times start to occur at age 18 (or a little of both), here’s some tips on how to avoid packing on the pounds when going away to college.

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Eat Breakfast

Studies have shown that breakfast calories are more filling and satisfying than calories eaten later in the day.  Additionally, it has been shown that weight gain is more common in those individuals who skip breakfast.  Of course, it’s best to include protein (eggs, meat, nuts, seeds, beans, etc.) at breakfast meal and at all meals.  Eating a breakfast with protein boosts your brain activity and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Always Have Healthy Snacks on Hand

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Pretty Foods

What exactly are “pretty foods”?  Well, it’s simple really.  The foods you eat directly affect your health, your appearance and play a significant role in how well you age.  Find out how incorporating these recommended foods regularly into your diet can make a positive difference in all aspects of your life.

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Cocoa

Cocoa contains high levels of flavonols, a powerful antioxidant.  It’s not only very hydrating to your skin, but it can improve memory, increase your sense of well-being, reduce heart disease, help shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy.

Wild Salmon, Walnuts, & Flax Seeds

Foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids improves elasticity of skin and prevents dry skin and acne.  In addition, its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to prevent heart disease and stroke, promote brain health, including memory enhancement and prevention of depression, […]

Airport Body Scanners – Are They Really Safe?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been telling us all along that we needn’t fear going through the full body scanners at airports, as it poses no threat to our health.  The technology behind the body scanners is called “millimeter wave imaging”, and according to the TSA’s Frequently Asked Questions page, this type of technology “uses harmless electromagnetic waves to detect potential threats”.  Though not ionizing in nature, millimeter wave technology machines have been known to be a contributing factor to cancer.  Basically, your skin is being microwaved.

Although one might believe that exposure to a certain amount of radiation microwaves may not be harmful, most scientists agree that pretty much any amount creates a risk.  Millimeter waves will destroy the cells they’re targeted at – in this case every cell on the surface of your body.  Microwave ovens operate at nearly the same frequencies as these machines.  They induce […]

Maintaining Microbiome Health

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The system of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa living on your skin and in your mouth, nose, throat, lungs, gut, and urogenital tract, is referred to as the “human microbiome.”  Our gut health is directly related to our microbiome and varies from person to person based on factors such as diet, health history, geographic location, and even ancestry.

We need to strive to keep our microbiome in balance or otherwise we become ill.  The organisms that make up your microbiome perform many functions in the body, including supplying critical vitamins to fighting pathogens and modulating weight and metabolism.

Here are some tips on how to maintain a healthy gut:
  1. Eat a healthy diet – a diet rich in nutrients will help you to feel vibrant and alive because your microbiome is thriving.  A healthy diet includes:
    • Consuming fresh, organic, […]

It’s Patriotic Smoothie Time!

 

Try this delicious and refreshing smoothie recipe to cool down on a hot July Independence Day!

Red Ingredient Smoothie

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 cup pomegranate juice (or coconut water)

juice from half a lemon

 

White Ingredient Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 frozen bananas (sliced)

1 can of coconut milk

 

Blue Ingredient Smoothie

1-1/2 cups frozen blueberries

1 cup of pomegranate juice (or coconut water)

 

Directions 

Combine ingredients for each color smoothie separately in blender. To keep the layers separate in the serving glass, be sure the blender is cleaned in between making each color of smoothie. Spoon the ingredients into the glass gently making sure to coat the walls of the glass first with each separate layer. You can also freeze before adding each layer.

 

Photo source:

http://www.earthyfeast.com/recipe/red-white-blue-smoothie-vegan/